Below are a range of funding opportunties that are administered by the Murray CMA.
Additional funding opportunities from other agencies can be found here.
Incentives Program - Expected to reopen in 2013
On an annual basis the Murray CMA invites landholders and community groups to apply for funding of natural resource management projects that meet the objectives of the Murray Catchment Action Plan. The funding available is in the order of $2 million dollars and is sourced the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country program and NSW Catchment Action.
Incentives usually cover four broad categories:1. Biodiversity & Riverine – for the protection and enhancement - in both size and condition, of existing remnant native vegetation, including riparian and wetland areas.
2. Aboriginal Cultural Heritage – for the protection and enhancement of Aboriginal culture and heritage in a natural or landscape context. Sites may include scarred trees, middens, scattered rock artefacts, burial sites, ceremonial sites and camping sites.
3. Soil Health Slopes to Plains – for activities that lead to an improvement in soil condition whilst also maintaining groundcover to reduce the incidence of wind erosion. Activities on both cropping and grazing country that reduce soil disturbance & compaction, maximise crop residue return, repair degraded grasslands and better match land use to land capability are supported.
4. Eastern Murray Erosion Control – for gully, streambank and sheet erosion control in priority areas of the eastern Murray.
More information and eligibility criteria will be available once the next round of funding is opened.
Community Grants - Expected to reopen in 2013The Murray CMA has in recent years delivered a community grants program for small projects that meet the targets of the Murray Catchment Action Plan. The aim of the grant is to assist community groups undertake activities which address natural resource management issues within in the Murray Catchment. The Murray CMA aims to fund at least 20 projects each year with a maximum of $2,500 being available for each project that is eligible and meets the specified criteria.
For further information head to the Community Grants page.
Public Lands Biodiversity Grants - Undergoing assessmentIn 2010/11 the Murray CMA trialed it's first Public Lands Biodiversity Grants program. Public lands are often important areas for biodiversity and cultural heritage values as they contain remnant vegetation. These areas are important for habitat, wildlife corridors, endangered species, locally native seeds and can be rich in cultural heritage. In recognition of these values the Murray CMA created the 2010/11 Public Lands Biodiversity Grants Program to assist public land managers improve their management and conservation of these areas.
The 2010 / 2011 program was possible due to funding from the Australian Government's "Caring for our Country" program with a total of 17 projects being successful in this funding round (click here for a review of successful projects).
Projects Applications were accepted from any group who was involved in the management of public lands including;- Local government- Livestock Health and Pest Authorities- Land and Property Management Authority- Public land managers- Community groups (provided they have public land owner's approval).
Note: excluded National Parks and State Forest Lands
For activities to be eligible they had to be on or have benefit to public land. Successful projects contributed to the maintenance or enhancement of biodiversity or cultural values on public lands including both on-ground works and / or capacity building opportunities.
For more information head to the Public Lands Biodiversity Grants page.
The Murray CMA is a partner to the Australian Government Caring for our Country program and the NSW Government Catchment Action program.